Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea is on the verge of extending his contract with the club by a year, according to Catalan outlet Sport on Tuesday.

Technically, this shouldn’t come as a surprise, as it’s no secret there was a clause in his current deal allowing the club to prolong the working relationship by an extra 12 months.

However, the outlet explain that, unlike other clauses of its kind, the only way Manchester United were allowed to trigger was if the goalkeeper and his agent, Jorge Mendes, also agreed to do so.

And, as Sport claim, that appears to be the case.

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It’s claimed that David De Gea is delighted with the affection he gets from the club and fans, becoming one of the favourite figures at Old Trafford, even in a squad which has big stars such as Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku.

Sport recalls that José Mourinho recently put in doubt the goalkeeper’s stay at Old Trafford, and claims that the quotes have surprised the club and De Gea’s entourage.

Signed by Manchester United on a €25m deal from Atletico Madrid in 2011, David De Gea raised some doubts about his qualities at first, but soon proved himself and became a fan favourite. He already has 328 appearances for the Red Devils.

This may well be Sport twisting things to make a story where there really isn’t one.